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Site usability and testing

It is sad but true, that very many websites fall down in the area of usability. Because the site designers knows their sites backwards, they fail to appreciate that a first-time visitor will see things very differently. It’s like visiting a new city in a different country as a tourist, rather than being a native dweller!

Factors which contribute to good usability:

Large businesses spend thousands on usability testing of their sites. But although most Christian sites are run with a minimal or even virtually zero budget, this does not mean that you cannot run some very revealing tests. These can transform your site’s usability. Please do not neglect this vital task: it is totally essential, yet very easy.

How to test for usability on a zero budget []

Browser testing

Another area which many sites fail to test: page appearance in different browsers, screen resolutions and font-size settings. At a minimum, you should check how the site looks:

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